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Minimum Criteria and Interpretive Guidance

The National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Worker Education and Training Program (WETP) began the task of updating the Minimum Criteria/Interpretive Guidance through a National Technical Workshop held March 31-April 1, 2005. The Update was approached in the traditional WETP workshop manner through the development of a draft strawman document that served as the launching point for the workshop. In preparing the draft strawman document, WETP formed a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) composed of representatives from each of the current WETP grant awardees. The TAC provided guidance to National Clearinghouse technical staff members Donald Elisburg and John Moran, as they wrote the draft strawman document. The original "Minimum Criteria for Worker Health and Safety Training for Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response" was published in December 1991 Subsequently, WETP published "Interpretive Guidance" to the Minimum Criteria in April 1994. Much has changed in the decade following the latter document. For instance, the issue of computer-based training was not addressed, nor was the training of workers to deal with the aftermath of terrorist actions. The hope is that the final guidance produced through this effort proves valuable to all federal agencies funding or conducting worker training.

The final version of the Minimum Criteria document, as well as documents used by the Technical Advisory Committee to conduct its work, are below: